How does a carbon monoxide detector work?
An electric powered detector uses sold state tin-dioxide circuit which clears itself quickly and continually monitors the air for presence of carbon monoxide. An electric unit can determine the level of carbon monoxide which is present and display this information on a digital readout. A battery / sensor pack uses a technology where carbon monoxide is absorbed over a period of time and when a certain level is reached, the alarm sounds.

Battery / sensor packs may take several hours to clear a carbon monoxide level once it has been activated. An electrical unit will clear itself within minutes. Battery / sensor packs must be replaced at least every two years. If you have any questions, please call the East Lansing Fire Department at (517) 332-1956.

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1. What is carbon monoxide?
2. What are the dangers of carbon monoxide?
3. What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
4. What can I do to minimize the potential for carbon monoxide exposure?
5. What is the proper procedure for using my fireplace / wood burning stove?
6. What is the power procedure for starting / warming up my car during cold weather?
7. Do I need a carbon monoxide detector for my home?
8. What should I look for when I decide to purchase a carbon monoxide detector?
9. Where is the best place in my home to install a carbon monoxide detector?
10. How does a carbon monoxide detector work?
11. Does a carbon monoxide alarm sound like my smoke detector?
12. If I have battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors, how will I know when the battery needs to be replaced?
13. If my carbon monoxide alarm has a LED readout, will a normal reading always be 0?
14. Should I call 9-1-1 when my carbon monoxide alarm sounds?
15. What should I do when my carbon monoxide detector sounds and no one is feeling ill?
16. What should I do when my carbon monoxide detector sounds and someone is feeling ill?
17. Whom should I call for further information on carbon monoxide alarms?